Boston, MA - October 14, 2002 - fSONA Communications, designer and manufacturer
of the award-winning SONAbeam™ family of FSO products, today announced
at Next Generation Networks in Boston the commercial availability of the
fastest reacting active-tracking FSO system yet - the SONAbeam™ AT
or AutoTrack series. The first product to be offered with the innovative
tracking system will be the SONAbeam™ 1250-AT for Gigabit Ethernet.
Using highly agile beam steering technology licensed in an exclusive OEM
agreement with Moog, a worldwide manufacturer of precision control components
and systems, fSONA has developed the fastest beam steering mechanism in
the FSO industry. Moog’s high performance actuation products are used
in military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch
vehicles, automated industrial machinery and now, telecommunications equipment.
The integration of AutoTrack technology into the SONAbeam™ product
line will open up applications to include links that span longer distances,
need active stabilization, or require high security. AutoTrack allows SONAbeam™
to track both low frequency movements caused by thermal expansion and contraction,
as well as high frequency movements caused by environmental disturbances
such as heavy winds and earthquakes.
“We are pleased to have worked with fSONA to develop the precision
steering mechanism for their FSO product line,” said R.T. Brady, Chairman
and CEO of Moog. “It’s rewarding to see our extensive experience
in high performance motion control translated to a new industry where we
can provide real advantages in telecommunications products that have long
range or difficult stability requirements.”
Although tracking systems are not new to the FSO marketplace, this does
mark a new direction for such systems. Unlike gimbals or motors used to
compensate for slowly varying movement, this new technology also compensates
for high frequency vibrations and impulsive wind gusts that can effect transmission
integrity. fSONA’s AutoTrack technology uses a frictionless fine steering
mirror with a demonstrated 100Hz closed loop bandwidth through 5 degrees
of motion in two orthogonal axes. Even the latest micro-mirror technology
cannot compete with the beam diameter and range of travel specifications
of this FSM. This is also the first time (patent applied for) a single FSM
has been used in a dual-aperture FSO system eliminating the need to split
the transmit and receive wavelengths.
“Our mission at fSONA is to strive for the highest quality in our
products,” says Theresa Carbonneau, President & CEO of fSONA Communications.
“To that end, we are delighted to have been able to work with Moog,
the world’s leader in high performance motion control, in developing
the SONAbeam AutoTrack products.”
The SONAbeam™ product family also includes fixed-pointed systems.
These products use a wider beamwidth to compensate for building sway and
wind disturbances, and have field-proven effectiveness around the world.
SONAbeam™ FSO technology uses invisible light beams to deliver high-speed
wireless communications. By transmitting through the atmosphere, SONAbeam™
dispenses with the substantial costs of digging up sidewalks and streets
to install fiber. SONAbeam™ also eliminates costly radio frequency
(RF) spectrum licenses and fees, and it is immune to electro-magnetic/RF
interference. An additional benefit is that it is nearly impossible to eavesdrop
or intercept the narrow-beamwidth SONAbeam™ FSO transmissions.
Moog Inc. is a worldwide manufacturer of precision control components and
systems. Moog’s high-performance actuation products control military
and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles,
missiles and automated industrial machinery.
fSONA Systems is recognized as the preferred provider of optical wireless solutions for government, enterprise and service provider markets around the globe. Leveraging leading edge advancements in 1550nm optical transmission, the SONAbeam family of systems, based on free-space-optics (FSO), use a globally unlicensed, wireless technology to provide speeds up to 2.5 Gbps over distances up to 7km. For more information visit www.fsona.com
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